Conor McGregor should “get his thoughts off boxing” to avenge a shock UFC defeat by Dustin Poirier, says America’s star boxer Claressa Shields who has launched an MMA profession.
Eire’s UFC star faces Poirier in a 3rd combat on Saturday in Las Vegas, having suffered a stoppage loss to the American in January.
McGregor has hinted at an eventual return to boxing after his huge conflict with Floyd Mayweather in 2017, however Shields has outlined the perils of mixing a profession in MMA and boxing.
The three-weight world boxing champion, who’s now totally dedicated to the Skilled Fighters League, advised Sky Sports activities: “I believe that Conor McGregor is a pressure to be reckoned with, nevertheless it does not matter who you might be.
“You will be me, you will be Conor, you will be Floyd, you will be whoever.
“He has to modify his thoughts again to MMA. He has to get his thoughts off boxing.
“He has to, as a result of he is not going to have the ability to beat Dustin Poirier that approach.
“Judging on the final combat, when Dustin Poirier saved kicking that entrance leg, it is like he is acquired to know. Even me, I do know. Jab, get that leg out of there.
“You’ll be able to’t be in a boxing stance in MMA, it’s important to be sure to’re able to examine that kick, catch that kick, or get it out of the way in which.
“You’ll be able to’t simply be taking kicks and taking kicks for 5, five-minute rounds, as a result of your leg can solely take so many.”
Shields fears that McGregor may endure one other main setback within the UFC, if he doesn’t return to the techniques which introduced him title success earlier than his entry into boxing.
“If he fixes that, and he throws his placing, he will get again to his wrestling and all of that stuff, I believe he can beat Dustin Poirier,” stated Shields, who’s getting ready for her second PFL bout in late August.
“However I really feel like Dustin Poirier, proper now he has his quantity, until Conor McGregor actually goes again to the drafting board and similar to I stated, change that thoughts again to MMA.”